A conceptual framework for improving the accessibility of fitness and recreation facilities for people with disabilities

Barth B. Riley, James H. Rimmer, Edward Wang, William J. Schiller

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Abstract

Access to fitness and recreation facilities is an important issue for people with disabilities. Although policy and legislation have helped to remove various environmental barriers, there remain a substantial number of inaccessible features in fitness and recreation facilities. This article presents an approach for improving the accessibility of fitness and recreation environments that enables participation and input from members of the community, as well as persons with expertise in accessibility. Through a collaboration between facilities, persons with disabilities and accessibility consultants, the approach provides a process of incremental change through readily achievable barrier removal and by providing an information and educational resource concerning barrier removal, disability awareness, and economic and information resources. Technology is incorporated to facilitate accessibility assessment, interaction between various stakeholders, and the creation of an accessibility solutions database. Policy implications of this approach are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)158-168
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Physical Activity and Health
Volume5
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2008
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Americans with disabilities act
  • Environment
  • Fitness facilities
  • Physical activity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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